Assessment Newsletter (Volume 5, Issue 16)

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April 28, 2017  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 5, Issue 16

Changes Related to English Learners

EL Exit Criteria, WIDA Screener, Year 3 & 4 Monitoring

This has turned out to be a busy time for important changes affecting ELs. Please review this document which describes the new Wyoming EL exit criteria, WIDA Screener, and common questions concerning monitoring years 3 and 4 for former ELs. The new Wyoming EL exit criteria will affect how this year's ACCESS scores, arriving on May 2nd, are utilized for EL students. 

There will be a Q&A Session concerning all of the changes on Monday, May 1st at 3:30pm. If you are planning on attending, please RSVP by e-mailing EL / Foreign Language consultant Will Woods. Please see aforementioned linked document for information on joining the session. 

*A recording of the session will be available on the WDE's Title III Page under the "Wyoming Guidance and Policy" drop-down tab.

ACT Aspire: Returning Materials

With the ACT Aspire window closing on May 3, 2017, WDE and ACT Aspire would like to thank you for your hard work in administering ACT Aspire this year and also provide courtesy reminder about returning paper test materials.

If your school(s) administered the paper version of ACT Aspire, please ensure that the materials are returned as soon as you have completed testing. This will ensure that your student’s tests are processed and scored. Paper answer documents will not be scored if received after May 12, 2017

For detailed instructions on packing and returning materials, please refer to page 19-23 of the Test Coordinator Manual. You will need to contact UPS at 800-823-7459 to scheduled your free pickup 24-48 hours in advance.

For general administration support, please continue to contact ACT Aspire Customer Service at 888.802.7502.


Please mark your calendar for the 2017-2018 ACT administration dates.

Paper Test  April 3

Paper Accommodations Test  April 3 - April 17

Online Test  April 3 - April 12 (Tues, Wed, Thurs. only)

Enter Here


The WDE has been overwhelmed with the enthusiasm of the responses we have received thus far. If you have not done so already, please participate in the competition to name the new statewide assessment system that will replace PAWS and be administered next school year. All Wyoming students are invited to submit their name suggestions at the link below. Entries may be submitted by individual students or classes of students through May 12th. The competition is limited to one submission per email address.

The winning name will be announced by May 26th.  The school district of the winning name will receive a box of books and goods, and the student or classroom will also receive a prize.

Contest Submission Link


  • April 3 - May 8: ACT (online) window to conduct pretest sessions
  • April 10 - May 3: ACT Aspire Administration Window Open
  • April 14 - May 3: ACT (online) Window to precache test content before test day
  • April 19 - May 2: ACT Window to conduct pretest sessions for makeup test date    
  • April 19 - May 3: (online) ACT Administration Window Open 
  • April 19 - May 3: WorkKeys testing Window Open
  • April 28: Deadline for ACT to receive answer documents from initial test date
  • May 3: (paper/pencil) make-up ACT Administration
  • May 3: ACT (online) Deadline for schools to create and assign test sessions for online testing
  • May 4: WorkKeys (paper/pencil) Test coordinators return paper test materials
  • May 12: Deadline for ACT Aspire to receive paper materials